Well, 5 weeks into the journey I am finally able to blog about my adventure. It’s no secret that I am out of shape and overweight. I have blogged about it before. When we were in Memphis for Cameron’s birthday I finally decided that enough was enough and that I had to do something!
First, I have to give a little background information. I have several close friends and acquaintances who are runners. My friend in Louisville, April, is AMAZING! She has run several marathons and is passionate about running. When she talks about it she makes it seem fun. i have other friends from Memphis, who often write about their adventures in running. (Angie, Laurin, and Lee) And most importantly, my best friend Anne’s sister-in-law, Joanna Lemmon, started running for the first time in September of 08′. Now, just a little over a year later she is more than 75 pounds lighter and just completed her first half marathon. I have always listened (read) to these women talk about their running and there was a part of me that was so jealous that I didn’t do it. I knew that it was a matter of willpower, but I really thought it was unattainable. As I watched Joanna’s journey from a distance, I realized that I could do it too. I would look at her pictures on facebook and think, “Man! I wish that was me!” I finally said to myself, “Why can’t it be you?!?!?”
So…on November 9th I began the “Couch to 5K” running program. It was tough at first, but each time it got easier. Whenever I was really tired and having to push myself extra hard to finish my run I would pretend that it was the last leg of my first half-marathon. This may seem silly, but it really worked for me. I didn’t want to tell a lot of people that I was doing this. I wanted to feel like I was really going to stick with it first. I decided that if I was actually able to make it over half-way through the program and run for 20 minutes/2 miles without stopping, that then I would write about it and share my journey with people. Well, TODAY WAS THE DAY!!!! I did it! I ran 2 miles today. I prayed the whole time and know that it is only by the Lord’s strength that it was so easy for me. I honestly think I could have pushed it another 10 minutes. Aside from the fact that my shins were on fire the ENTIRE time ( I seriously need some good running shoes), it was enjoyable. I completely understand that runner’s mentality now. There’s a high that I can’t put into words that comes from pushing yourself to complete a running goal.
I plan to run my first 5K at the end of January. After that…it’s onto training for the 10K! 🙂
P.S. Let me add that if it wasn’t for my incredibly wonderful husband who encourages me and watches Cameron so I can run without the added weight of the stroller, I don’t think I would have made it this far!